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25 Things You Missed At Super Bowl LVIII

Darren - February 12, 2024
NFL

25 Things You Missed At Super Bowl LVIII

Darren - February 12, 2024

Last night’s (Feb. 11, 2024) Super Bowl LVIII from Las Vegas was a rousing game that saw the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers in an overtime thriller. They won their third Lombardi Trophy in five seasons as quarterback Patrick Mahomes became a three-time Super Bowl MVP. But football is only part of the story because more people tune in for the commercials and the wild antics that everyone missed.

Let’s look at everything you missed from Super Bowl LVIII. From Taylor Swift’s looming presence to Jeff Goldblum having the time of his life, it’s all here. We even have security barring Jackson Mahomes from the VIP area of the afterparty. Yes, there’s actually some football too as we celebrate the game’s best performers. Check out all of the action right here.

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Love Story

Everyone knows, whether they love it or hate it, that Taylor Swift was the biggest story in the NFL this season. Some skeptics even theorized that the NFL fixed the Super Bowl so that she would get her fairytale ending. Her boyfriend’s team won the game and she ran into the arms of her Prince Charming, legendary Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, before sharing a passionate kiss.

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Some people, many even, hated everything about this unexpected crossover but there’s no denying that it brought new fans into the game. Swift is one of the most powerful and influential women on the planet; all eyes are and were on her. If anyone missed her and Kelce’s magical moment, they can see it above (via New York Post).

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Jeff Goldblum

There were so many celebrities at Super Bowl LVIII that fans missed many of them. Jurrasic Park star Goldblum delivered one of the best cameos as he showed genuine delight. CBS panned to him during their broadcast and he joyously acted like a real NFL fan (via Fox Sports).

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The legendary actor jived and danced as if it was his first time on the big screen. Fans love Goldblum’s authenticity and lack of insecurity. Many celebrities like to keep it cool because they don’t want the cameras to embarrass them. But Goldblum didn’t worry about it and that was refreshing.

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Rivals to Friends

NBA icon LeBron James took time out of his busy schedule to attend Super Bowl LVIII. It’s not surprising to learn that he had a private box but it’s interesting to know who he shared with. Many fans missed the fact that he spent time in the company of his NBA rival Draymond Green (via Bleacher Report).

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The Golden State Warriors star is one of the most polarizing athletes in the league. He is infamous for his dirty tactics and cynical plays with multiple lengthy suspensions. It seems that the rivalries stay on the court because they are happy to hang out in real life. This amused many sports fans who thought that they were an unlikely duo.

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Corn Dog

NFL fans now to hate the Chiefs as much as they despised Bill Belichick’s Patriots. But it’s difficult to find a valid reason beyond blatant jealousy. It doesn’t help them that Andy Reid is one of the most likable men on the planet. The Chiefs’ game-winning play was Reid operating at his finest (via Sports Illustrated).

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Forget about the on-field execution because that’s only half of the glory. No, we’re talking about the play’s magnificent name: ‘Corn Dog.’ It’s physically impossible to hate a man with a mustache like that who names plays after his favorite carnival treat. Andy Reid is a three-time Super Bowl champion so let’s put respect on his name.

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Beyonce

The Super Bowl provides insights into upcoming cultural events. Beyonce stole the show with the news that she was dropping two new singles. She also announced Act II of her Renaissance album trilogy with a country theme. This instantly set the Internet ablaze because fans couldn’t believe it.

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Beyonce is a master of dropping bombs as fans remember with her iconic Lemonade album. She revealed her new tracks during a Verizon before sharing more information on Instagram. It was one of the most dramatic moments of the Super Bowl and one that many fans missed (via The Guardian).

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I Told You

In the eyes of many, one of the worst aspects of Taylor Swift’s foray into the NFL is her new association with Brittany Mahomes. Brittany rose to fame as Patrick’s wife and isn’t afraid to be in the spotlight. However, many football fans hate her because they find her personality grating. They dreaded the thought of her joining Swift’s patented ‘Squad.’

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The pair didn’t share a box this time like they did at other games. However, Brittany wore a similar necklace with Patrick’s jersey number on it. Furthermore, some fans missed an emotional moment after the game. Brittany roared “I told you” at Swift as she celebrated with her husband on the trophy podium (via Glamour).

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The Football Era

It felt like the entire world knew that Swift was in a race against time to make it to the Super Bowl. She was on her Eras tour in Tokyo, Japan, during the weekend before the game. However, she treats private jets like Ubers so it doesn’t matter. Internet sleuths believed that they found her flight to LAX from Haneda Airport.

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The jet carried the label ‘The Football Era’ as it paid tribute to her tour and Travis Kelce’s sport. It’s not very subtle but if anybody cared enough to check they’d find it amusing. Meanwhile, her private jet usage has become one of the most polarizing aspects of her lifestyle (via AP News).

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Presidential Trolling

One of the Super Bowl’s most surprising and polarizing moments came after the game. It’s not shocking that President Joe Biden watched the big game because it’s one of the most significant cultural events of the year. However, they didn’t expect his official White House account to tweet: “Just like we drew it up.”

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They also added the image that we can see above. Unsurprisingly this split NFL fans and Internet users. Some of them thought that this was the funniest thing ever as he mocked his haters. Others believe that it’s a sad reflection on modern society that even the President of the United States is an Internet troll (via The Hill).

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Roger Goodell

One of the weirdest moments of Super Bowl LVIII involved Roger Goodell and Taylor Swift. That’s a sentence that most people never thought that they would ever read. Some fans missed the moment when the NFL Commissioner approached Swift and exchanged a few words with her.

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This instantly led Internet users to make jokes about him fixing the game to make her happy. Some said that the White House passed the message through him. Nonetheless, it shows Swift’s power as one of the most famous people on the planet. She can do whatever she wants and the NFL knows it (via Deadspin).

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Jenna’s Abuelas

Jenna Ortega appeared in a Doritos commercial but it didn’t happen the way fans expected. They never guessed that she was only going to be in the one-minute ad for about 10 seconds. It shows her going into a grocery store with her ‘abuelas’ (grandmas), Nina and Mita, who end up on the chase of a lifetime.

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The prize is a bag of Doritos Dinamita Chile Limon but the journey is amazing. Super Bowl fans unanimously agreed that this was one of the best commercials of the night. Ortega is a massive star now after her success on Netflix’s Wednesday. Nonetheless, these elderly ladies stole the show (via Just Jared).

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The Lively Experience

Taylor Swift rocked up to Super Bowl with Ice Spice and Blake Lively as her entourage. The latter stole the show during the game because fans couldn’t take their eyes off her. One of the funniest tweets saw someone say that they wondered when Brittany Mahomes became so hot before realizing that it was Lively.

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Lively and Swift appeared to have a great time during the game as they celebrated the Chiefs’ best moments. The Super Bowl is always a celebrity festival but this year seemed bigger than usual. Swift’s influence played a massive part because she made it the most fashionable party in town (via Variety).

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Jackson Denied

This is one of the best Super Bowl moments that many fans missed. Patrick Mahomes’ younger brother Jackson is unanimously despised across the league because of his annoying TikTok videos. Many people think that he’s riding off his brother’s coattails and fame. Meanwhile, he also faced sexual assault allegations in 2023.

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There was one brilliant moment of schadenfreude during the Super Bowl afterparty. Security denied Jackson access to Brittney Mahomes’ table. He couldn’t believe it when they refused to allow him to his sister-in-law but there was nothing he could do. It was hilarious because he can be very irritating (via Twitter).

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Mom’s Approval

Everybody knows that Donna Kelce is one of the most important people in Travis’ life. The Kansas City tight-end loves his mother and enjoys a close relationship with his family. She attends his biggest games as well as his brother Jason’s. Fans love the way she is also bonding with Taylor Swift (via News.com).

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All eyes were on Swift and Donna when they watched the game. Keen-eyed Swifties noted that Donna was wearing several friendship bracelets in tribute to the Eras star. Remember, some Swifties asked if swapping jerseys was the NFL equivalent of gifting friendship bracelets so it seems like the crossover is continuing.

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Kelce Crosses The Line

One of the most controversial moments of the game saw Kelce cross the line. But we’re not talking about him scoring a touchdown. Cameras caught Kelce in a furious confrontation with head coach Andy Reid. Many people missed this scene as he roared at Reid and appeared to push him.

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This came after the Chiefs’ Isiah Pacheco fumbled the ball in the red zone but there was no need for this reaction. Kelce showed a lack of class as he aggressively went after the veteran coach. Reid has a reputation for being one of the nicest men in the NFL so most people took his side and criticized Kelce (via The U.S. Sun).

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Kylie’s Dedication

The overwhelming focus was on Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift. However many fans missed the fact that Kelce’s brother Jason also attended the game with his wife, Kylie. The retired Eagles legend supported his brother by wearing Kansas City overalls. But Kylie refused to play that game and fans adored it (via Sports Illustrated).

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Yes, she wore red but opted for a Cincinnati Bearcats college shirt. This was as close as the diehard Philly fan allowed herself to go because she wouldn’t wear another NFL jersey. That’s probably why Jason played for the Eagles for so long because he would have been facing a divorce otherwise.

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Kiss Cam

The celebrities were out in force at Super Bowl LVIII with some huge names in attendance. These included Justin Bieber and his supermodel/influencer wife Hailey. The duo had a cute moment that some fans missed when the CBS broadcast flashed to them. Check out the adorable shot below.

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Bieber kissed Hailey on the cheek as she blushed nervously. It was nice to see their real love for each other and Hailey’s bashful nature. PDA in front of millions of people isn’t her favorite thing but she appreciated Justin’s adoration. Then the young couple tucked into some food as they watched the big game (via Elle).

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Leo’s Dating History

Most people watched the Super Bowl on CBS so they missed the Nickelodeon broadcast. However, despite being a children’s network it wasn’t as PC as expected. They made one snide joke at Leonardo DiCaprio’s expense. The legendary actor was in attendance at the celebrity event of the year.

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As cameras panned to DiCaprio in his box, they said “Leonardo DiCaprio, 25! That’s his dating history.” This is a reference to DiCaprio’s notorious penchant for younger women. The actor never dates anyone over the age of 30 and this has made him the butt of many jokes (via LadBible).

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Brock Purdy

It’s easy to forget about Purdy because the focus wasn’t really on the football before this game. There were still doubters before the Super Bowl because many people doubted his level. However, he showed that he belongs in these huge moments with an impressive performance against the Chiefs (via The Athletic).

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Purdy completed 23 of 38 passes for 255 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. In the end, it wasn’t enough but it’s still been an incredible journey for the quarterback. He overachieved in the beginning to gain a spot on the Niners’ roster. Many new fans missed the significance of his rise from Mr. Irrelevant to Super Bowl contender.

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Culpo’s Custom Coat

It would be easy to assume that Travis Kelce was the only NFL player with a celebrity partner. However, the Niners’ Christian McCaffrey also has an incredible partner. His girlfriend Olivia Culpo is a former Miss Universe and many fans wanted CBS to show more of her on their broadcast (via Page Six).

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Meanwhile, the supermodel supported her boyfriend by wearing a custom coat with his name on it. Meanwhile, she also had an expensive ’23’ necklace as she flaunted his number. It was a classy way to pay tribute to the reigning Offensive Player of the Year. McCaffrey played well but sadly couldn’t win his first ring in front of his girlfriend.

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87

Keen-eyed Swifties noticed that their beloved pop icon paid tribute to her boyfriend in a subtle way. Kansas City fans know that Kelce wears the number 87 on his jersey so she used this as an accessory. Swift opted for a gold 87 pendant and a football-shaped clutch with the same number on it.

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InStyle reported that her necklace had a value of $3000. This was an expensive accessory but love is priceless and she flaunted it in front of the world. Swift knew that millions of people tuned in because of her and they didn’t care about the football. She made every moment count.

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The Halftime Show

Many people tune into the Super Bowl because they’re only interested in the halftime show. It’s one of the biggest parts of the experience now but it has been hit-and-miss over the past few years. Usher performed this season and delivered a sublime performance with great guests.

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Alicia Keys also had a standout moment as she displayed her outstanding vocals. Some critics said that Usher’s timing wasn’t always perfect but the energy of his show was phenomenal. Meanwhile, he went through his greatest hits and showed he’s not a fading force at 45. If fans missed this they should check it out (via The Atlantic).

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The Anthems

There’s an annual discourse about the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Usually, it’s because the performer delivers a bad rendition unless they’re Whitney Houston or Lady Gaga. However, there was controversy at Super Bowl LVIII for two reasons. First, there was a rendition of the Black National Anthem that proved very polarizing.

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Then there was a failure of the CBS broadcast to show the Deaf performers. This is traditional but the network failed to deliver it. However, on a brighter note, Reba McEntire’s rendition of The Stars and Stripes moved Chris Jones to tears. He couldn’t hold back his pride in front of the nation (via Fox News).

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Ed McCaffrey’s Boy

Christian McCaffrey almost enjoyed a fairytale of his own but it didn’t quite come off. The running back spent the season showing why teams still need his position. He won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award after a stunning year with the Niners. Meanwhile, he had a rare opportunity in the Super Bowl.

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McCaffrey’s dad Ed won a ring with the Denver Broncos. This gave them the chance to become the second father and son duo to achieve Super Bowl glory. Sadly for Christian, it didn’t happen despite him scoring a touchdown in the big game. He also became the first player to rack up both 80 yards rushing and 80 yards receiving in the Super Bowl. Nonetheless, the picture above of a young McCaffrey went viral after the game because it was adorable.

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Three-Time Super Bowl MVP

This has been a strange year for Patrick Mahomes because he went under the radar. Everybody knows that he’s the best player in the NFL but he had trouble with his receivers this year. Many people wrote the Chiefs off and focused on Kelce’s relationship with Taylor Swift. But Mahomes came back to remind everybody who he was.

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He claimed his third Super Bowl MVP Award and his third ring after another historic victory. This tied him for second in the record books alongside the legendary Joe Montana. Tom Brady remains in front with five Super Bowl MVP awards but Mahomes has time on his side. It’s an incredible achievement for arguably the best player ever (via ESPN).

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Viva Las Vegas

Many fans switched off their TVs immediately after the game because they didn’t need to see anymore. But they missed Kelce giving his best Elvis Presley impression. However, this doesn’t mean that he did a good job because he roared a hideous rendition of ‘Viva Las Vegas.’

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It’s fair to say that Allegiant Stadium had never heard anything like it before. Then the cameras flashed to a visibly embarrassed Taylor Swift. Maybe this was the moment that she realized she couldn’t keep pretending to care about him. This was probably a major turning point in their relationship (via Fox News).

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